George Hendrik Breitner in “Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard” exhibition at the Phillips Collection – Washington D.C.

February 7th, 2012 by
George Hendrik Breitner. Girl in Red Kimono, Geesje Kwak. Photo: courtesey of Noortman Master Paintings, Amsterdam. On behalf of private collection, Netherlands.

George Hendrik Breitner. Girl in Red Kimono, Geesje Kwak. Photo: courtesy of Noortman Master Paintings, Amsterdam. On behalf of private collection, Netherlands.

February 4, 2012 – May 6, 2012

The Phillips Collection presents over 200 photographs, some never exhibited, along with approximately 70 paintings, prints, and drawings by Bonnard, Vuillard, and others.

The invention of the Kodak handheld camera in 1888 gave post-impressionist artists a new source of inspiration. Seven artists—well known for their paintings and prints—who used the apparatus to document their public spheres and private lives, produced surprising, inventive results. Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard is the first exhibition to focus on how the new technology energized the artists’ working methods and creative vision.

Just as people snap photographs with their digital cameras and cell phones today, Pierre Bonnard, George Hendrik Breitner, Maurice Denis, Henri Evenepoel, Henri Rivière, Félix Vallotton, and Edouard Vuillard used the camera to capture intimate moments with their family and trips to the countryside with friends. They sometimes translated their photographic images directly into their paintings, but more often took photographs simply to explore the world. When viewed alongside the artists’ paintings, prints, and drawings, the snapshots reveal fascinating parallels in radical foreshortening, cropping, lighting, silhouettes, and vantage points.

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Dr. Ernst van de Wetering to lecture at the North Carolina Museum of Art

November 7th, 2011 by

Dr. Enst van de Wetering. Photo: Courtesy of

Sunday, November 13, 2010, 2pm

As part of the Docent Endowment Lecture Series the Dutch expert on issues concerning Rembrandt, Dr. Ernst van de Wetering, will give a free lecture at the North Carolina Museum of Art on Sunday, November 13.  Van de Wetering’s lecture will start at 2pm.

The world’s leading authority on often contentious issues concerning Rembrandt painting attributions, Ernst van de Wetering serves as head of the Rembrandt Research Project (RRP) in Amsterdam. This monumental endeavor, begun in 1968, set its sights on distinguishing Rembrandt’s paintings from examples by his pupils, assistants, copyists, and forgers. Through his research, publications and lectures in the decades he has been associated with the RRP, Professor Van de Wetering has almost single-handedly revolutionized our understanding of Rembrandt and his art.

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Work by ten Aruban artists on view at the Residence of the Dutch Ambassador – Washington, DC

September 13th, 2011 by

"Micro Macro" by Elisa Lejuez Peters, courtesy the artist

September 17 – October 15, 2011

For the first time, ten contemporary Aruban artists will collectively exhibit their work in the United States at the Residence of the Dutch Ambassador in Washington, D.C.  The “Microcosm”” exhibition is part of a series of events recognizing Aruba’s 25 years of Status Aparte within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The multi-disciplinary exhibition, consisting of site-specific installations, sculpture, mixed-media assemblage, video, paintings, collage, photography and drawings, brings together the artwork of noted Caribbean artists: Ciro Abath, Joni Croes, Telka Van Dodewaard, Rob ter Haar, Glenda Heyliger, Elisa Lejuez Peters, Elvis Lopez, Alida Martinez, Osaira Muyale, Ryan Oduber and Hugo Palmar. These artists represent the diverse and eclectic reality of the Aruban “Microcosm” within the Kingdom.

Several of the Aruban artists have exhibited internationally and won awards. Alida Martinez won the 2010 residency prize at the Triennial International of the Caribbean in the Dominican Republic with her installation “Mega-Bite Candy.” Ryan Oduber received the Caribbean spotlight award for his cinematography of the short film “Muhe Frida” on the life of Frida Kahlo during the 2011 Aruba International Film Festival.

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Statement on the proposed budget cuts in the Dutch cultural sector

June 24th, 2011 by


Date: June 24, 2011

Source: Website Royal Netherlands Embassy

News item: Statement on the proposed budget cuts in the Dutch cultural sector

Text: The global economic crisis has impacted many countries, including the Netherlands. That is why the Dutch government has initiated an ambitious program of budget cuts in order to strengthen the economy and make it more dynamic. These cuts will affect everyone and every sector. But eventually, they will make the Dutch economy financially stronger and more resilient.

Against this background, the Dutch government has announced budget cuts for the cultural sector. The government believes that the cultural sector in the Netherlands has become too dependent on government subsidies. That is not healthy and must change.

Subsidies are not an entitlement. Maintaining the status-quo is not an option. The objective is to make arts and culture stronger, and prepare the sector for the future. That is why the government wants to reform the system of subsidies for arts and culture in the Netherlands.

Society as a whole should become more involved. The budget cuts, which are quite severe, are necessary. Rather than reducing funds for everyone, the Dutch government forces itself and the sector to make motivated choices.

This will also require an entrepreneurial approach, raising more private money, taking into account that after all, arts and culture are made for the public to enjoy it.

The cultural sector in the Netherlands is currently about 18 bln Euro in size. National subsidies amount to around 900 mln Euro. The government is proposing to cut that amount to around 700 mln Euro (that still amounts to around 44 Euro per citizen). The proposed cuts only affect subsidies at the national level; provinces and cities also subsidize the cultural sector in the Netherlands.


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Rineke Dijkstra and Marlene Dumas in collection exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University – Durham, NC

March 10th, 2011 by

Rineke Dijkstra, Born 1959 in Siitard, The Netherlands; lives and works in Amsterdam, Tamir, Golani Brigade, Orev Unit, Elyacim, Israel, May 26, 1999, 1999. C-print. Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Gift of the Rubell Family Collection, Miami

March 10 – August 14, 2011

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University presents ‘Building The Contemporary Collection: Five Years Of Acquisitions,’ with work by a.o. Rineke Dijkstra and Marlene Dumas.

In its first five years, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University has focused on modern and contemporary art with particular emphasis on global, emerging artists of color. “Building the Contemporary Collection,” in celebration of the museum’s fifth anniversary, presents the most important contemporary works acquired since its founding in 2005. The exhibition features work by 42 artists, including Christian Boltanski, William Cordova, Noah Davis, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, David Hammons, Barkley L. Hendricks, Glenn Ligon, Christian Marclay, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Odili Donald Odita, Dan Perjovschi, Dario Robleto, David Salle, Carolee Schneemann, Gary Simmons, Xaviera Simmons, Jeff Sonhouse, Eve Sussman, Alma Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Bob Thompson, Kara Walker, Jeff Whetstone, Kehinde Wiley, Fred Wilson and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, among others.

Marlene Dumas, Born 1953 in Cape Town;lives and works in Amsterdam, The Woman of Algiers, 2001. Oil on canvas. Partial and Promised Gift of Blake Byrne to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

The exhibition reflects the museum’s interest in the art and culture of the African diaspora, and includes works in a variety of media-painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video and installation. It is curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art.

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
2001 Campus Drive

Durham, NC 27705

Tel.: 919-684-5135

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Rineke Dijkstra and Hellen van Meene in Bank of America Collection exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts – Washington, DC

February 18th, 2011 by

Rineke Dijkstra, Hilton Head, SC, USA, 1992, courtesy National Museum of Women in the Arts

February 18, 2011 – May 22, 2011

Eye Wonder: Photography from the Bank of America Collection. Drawn from Bank of America’s renowned collection of international photography, Eye Wonder features more than 100 works by a wide array of artists, including Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, Rineke Dijkstra, Gisèle Freund, Candida Höfer, Graciela Iturbide, Dorothea Lange, and Hellen van Meene.

Hellen van Meene, Untitled, 1999, courtesy National Museum of Women in the Arts

By selecting offbeat subjects, shooting intense close-ups, or manipulating focus and color, the artists featured in Eye Wonder have created dreamy and often haunting photographic images. As part of the modern or postmodern eras, these artists have understood that photographs offer only an illusion of reality and that the medium is as subjective a means of expression as other visual art forms, music, or literature. Highlighting photographs created from 1865 to the present, the exhibition displays a rich diversity of subjects and styles that demonstrate the artists’ firm grasp of technique. The works in Eye Wonder depict everything from landscapes, seascapes, and skyscrapers; to artists, writers, and dancers; to vegetables, flowers, and silverware. By applying dynamic techniques, the photographers suggest evocative narratives that may be read in infinite ways.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20005

Tel.: 202-783-5000

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Margi Geerlinks, Mathilde ter Heijne, and Hellen van Meene in Podesta Collection exhibition at National Museum of Women in the Arts – Washington, DC

December 8th, 2010 by

Hellen van Meene, Untitled, 2008, courtesy the artist

December 8, 2010 – March 6, 2011

P(art)ners: Gifts from the Heather and Tony Podesta Collection at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, including work by among others E.V. Day, Nicoletta Munroe, Mathilde ter Heijne, Louisa Lambri, Catherine Yass, Margi Geerlinks, Ann Lislegaard, Hellen van Meene, and Valeska Soares.

P(art)ners demonstrates the Podestas’ shared collecting vision through a selection of nearly 30 photographs and sculptures drawn from more than 300 works that the couple has donated to National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Margi Geerlinks, Eva II, courtesy the artist

The exhibition centers on images of the female body that offer multiple views of feminine identity. Figural works are complemented by images of contemporary architecture and public spaces, which are, the Podestas note, "completely and surprisingly asexual. Yet they are what remain of us when we’re not there."

Mathilde ter Heijne, Fake Female Artist Life, 2003, courtesy the artist

This exhibition honors the Podestas’ roles as featured speakers at the inaugural TEDWomen conference in D.C., December 7-8, 2010. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences aim to facilitate the open, global exchange of innovative ideas related to the arts, sciences, and business. TEDWomen focuses on inventive ideas and projects initiated by women and girls around the world. In turn, Heather and Tony Podesta’s gifts to NMWA’s collection demonstrate how powerfully women shape the focus of visual art today.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20005

Tel.: 202-783-5000

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Fiona Tan solo exhibition at the Freer Gallery of Art – Washington, DC

September 25th, 2010 by

Fiona Tan, Rise and Fall, installation view, 2009, courtesy Frith Street Gallery, London and the artist

September 25, 2010 – January 16, 2011

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery present Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall, an exhibition organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Aargauer Kunsthaus.

Fiona Tan is internationally regarded for her films, videos and photographs and was highly acclaimed for her participation in the 2009 Venice Biennale’s Dutch Pavilion. Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall features video installations and photographic series produced by this Amsterdam-based artist during the past three years. This major exhibition is an unprecedented opportunity for North American audiences to view Tan’s powerful explorations of identity and belonging in a world increasingly shaped by global culture.

Fiona Tan, Rise and Fall, installation view, 2009, courtesy Frith Street Gallery, London and the artist

The exhibition marks a new trajectory for the artist and documents this important stage in Tan’s career. Although much of Tan’s earlier work focused on the use of found archival images, her recent projects involve the use of actors and location shooting. The works address her long-standing interest in the documentary image, both personal and public, and the role of memory and forgetting in the construction of identity. These ideas are represented in works that range in size and media, from framed photographs and drawings to monitor-scaled digital installations and theatrically-scaled projections.

Fiona Tan, Rise and Fall, still, 2009, courtesy Frith Street Gallery, London and the artist

An integral component of the exhibition is a new two-channel film installation commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery specifically for this exhibition. The new work, Rise and Fall, was filmed in Niagara Falls, Belgium and the Netherlands, constructing a narrative of isolation, loss and dislocation by using water as an evocative metaphor for the memories of a woman’s life.

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Smithsonian Institution

Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20013

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Book tour by Teun Voeten for English translation of "Tunnel People" – various cities USA

September 7th, 2010 by

September 7-25, 2010

Dutch photo journalist Teun Voeten will tour various cities in the United States to launch the English translation of “Tunnel People” (Tunnelmensen).

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010, 7 PM.
Official Book Launch at the Carlton Arms Hotel

Carlton Arms, 160 East 25th Street, New York City.

Info: 212-679-0680

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010. 7.30 PM.
Reading at the Brecht Forum

451 West Street, Meat Market District, New York City.

Info: 212-242-4201

Thursday, September 16th, 2010, 6 PM.
Official Opening of the Photo Exhibition at Umbrage Gallery

The exhibit will be opened by Stephanie Cowles, Associate Director at Project Renewal.

111 Front Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY.

Info: 212-796-2707

Friday, September 17th, 2010, 7 PM.
Reading at Bluestockings Bookstore and Activist Center

172 Allen Street, Lower East Side, New York City.

Info: 212-777-6028

Saturday, September 18th, 2010, 7 PM
Reading at the Wooden Shoe

Wooden Shoe Bookstore, 704 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

Info: 215-413-0999

Sunday, September 19th, 2010, 4 PM.
Reading at Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse

800 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD.

Info: 410-230-0450

Monday, September 20th, 2010, 3 PM.
Reading at the Fall for the Book Festival

English Department, George Mason University

4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA (near DC).

Johnson Center, Room 116

Info: 703-993-3986

Monday, September 20th, 2010, 7 PM.
Presentation and Reading at La Casa

La Casa Community Center

3166 Mt. Pleasant Street NW, Washington DC

Sponsored by Positive Force DC, We Are Family
and Dream City Collective

Saturday, September 25th, 2010, 3 PM
Readings and discussion in conjunction with the DUMBO Arts Festival at Umbrage Gallery

Hosted by Jamie Wellford, Senior Photo Editor at Newsweek.

111 Front Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY.

Info: 212-796-2707

About “Tunnel People”
By the end of the millennium, thousands of homeless people roamed the streets of Manhattan. A small group of them went underground. Invisible to society, they managed to start a new life in the tunnel systems of the city. Acclaimed war photographer and cultural anthropologist Teun Voeten gained unprecedented access to this netherworld. For five months in 1994 and 1995 he lived, slept and worked in a tunnel underneath Manhattan’s posh Upper West Side. With him, we meet Vietnam veterans, macrobiotic hippies, crack addicts, Cuban refugees, convicted killers, computer programmers, philosophical recluses and criminal runaways. Voeten describes their daily work, problems and pleasures with humor and compassion. He also witnessed the end of tunnel life. The tunnel people were evicted in 1996, but Amtrak and homeless organizations offered them alternative housing. Some succeeded in starting again above ground, while others failed. In this updated version of the book, Voeten tracks down the original tunnel dwellers and describes what has happened in the thirteen years since they left the tunnels.
Tunnel People became an instant classic in the Netherlands when it came out in 1996. It was praised as an anthropological journalistic insiders account, that in a brutally honest way describes in sometimes graphic details the ins and outs of homeless life in the mid-nineties in New York.

English translation published August , 2010 at PM Press, Oakland, CA

Price: $24.95,

Pages: 320, includes one map and one 16-page b&w photo insert

ISBN: 978-1-60486-070-2

Originally published 1996 by Atlas Publishers, Amsterdam.
Pages: 304 pages, including 32 photos

ISBN: 90 254 0866 4

About the author
Teun Voeten is an award-winning photo journalist and author who covered the conflicts in Ex-Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sudan, Angola, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Columbia, Gaza, Liberia, Lebanon and Iraq. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, Newsweek, The New Yorker, and National Geographic. He also works for the International Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations. Earlier, Voeten published “A Ticket To,” a collection of his hard-hitting war photography, and “How de Body? Hope and Horror in Sierra Leone,” a book about the war in this West-African country where Voeten found himself hunted down by rebels intent on killing him.

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Beppe Kessler solo exhibition at Jewelerswerk – Washington, DC

May 21st, 2010 by

May 21 – June 4, 2010

Beppe Kessler solo exhibition at Jewelerswerk.

3319 Cady’s Alley, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Tel.: 202-337-3319

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